: the white house says it has been flexible, cutting mr. obama's tax increase request from $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion. uill unrealistic, republicans said. >> the president's call for $1.4 trillion worth of revenue. fhat cannot pass the house or or senate. w reporter: white house officials say republicans will find the president flexibility n future entitlement savings ond how income taxes must go inly if they give in on income tax rates. as much as ideology standing in the way now, is a lack of trust, that and a shared history of cutting deals with each side gives a little and survives politically. >> pelley: negotiations ley: negn. ryjor, thanks very much. we've been working today on that ootingng mall shooting in oregon last night. the police are now telling us us gunman was jacob roberts, 22 years old. 2e killed two shoppers, total strangers and then killed himself. what we don't know is why. whhn blackstone is in clackamas ounty, oregon. oregporter: 10,000 people were when tmall when the shooting began, the rush of christmas s opping became a rush to survive. bob schwab
obama and house speaker john boehner talked by phone today about the so-called fiscal cliff-- those tax hikes for most americans and massive spending cuts that will kick in the first of the year unless two strike a budget deal. a republican source tells us that the president has cut his demand for more tax revenue from $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion, but the source said that the lower figure is no more acceptable to republicans. but the negotiations continue in private. the united states has a lot at stake in the syrian civil war. president obama has suggested that american firepower might be needed to prevent the dictatorship from using chemical weapons. we've learned that tomorrow the administration will endorse one of the rebel groups that is now fighting to overthrow bashar al- assad. who are these new american allies? clarissa ward found their leader in brussels. >> reporter: moaz al-khatib is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? "the u.s. administration has big influence globally" he told us.
could. president obama spent his day with the santana family of falls church and he says they're members of the middle class and they'll be hit hard if congress fails to extend their tax cuts. meantime virginia could be hit hard if those spending cuts end up taking place especially in places like fairfax county where federal contracting is king. >> if you go make the kind of cuts that some are suggesting happen, then you're really hurting a lot of the small buss
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